SANDY — Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando is just three shutouts away from breaking an MLS record.
Kevin Hartman holds the current MLS record for career shutouts at 112, but Rimando, who might be called the "Wall of the Wasatch," is chipping away game by game.
The record presumably won’t stand much longer.
“When it comes, it comes,” said Rimando, fresh off a 1-0 shutout victory at rival L.A. Galaxy last weekend. “If we continue to do the work on the field and pay attention to the details and work as a team, those records will come — not just for me but for everybody.
"So I’m not paying attention to them, but when it comes I’m sure everybody will let me know.”
For Real Salt Lake coach Jeff Cassar, having a guy like Rimando between the posts night in and night out has given him and the team confidence on the field.
“It feels awesome. The confidence that I and the staff and his teammates have in him is special,” said Cassar. “He’s a special person and a special player and Nick has always come up big for us.”
Cassar also commended Rimando and his coaches for putting in the effort to stay healthy and injury-free.
“It’s really a credit to Nick and our coaches, and Nick has really taken care of his body,” said Cassar. “Knock on wood staying injury-free, and it’s a credit to him and the people helping him stay healthy.”
INSTANT REPLAY: Midfielder Luke Mulholland made the most of his debut for RSL Saturday, which culminated with a would-be goal that was disallowed by the assistant referee on the sideline.
“I don’t think the league is going to be apologize,” joked Mulholland after training this week. “When I saw the replay I was just in shock — just so surprised it was such a bad call.”
In the replay, Mulholland is clearly behind at least four L.A. Galaxy players when Joao Plata takes an initial shot, which bounces off L.A. goalkeeper Jaime Penedo and to the feet of Mulholland.
“Delighted to get on and make my first appearance for Real Salt Lake. Twenty-five minutes in the game, felt like I helped contribute to the team and just delighted we got the win,” said Mulholland.
CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: While both Sporting KC and the Galaxy managed to pick up victories in the CONCACAF Champions League this week, it was San Jose who struggled to narrowly skimp by with a 1-1 draw Tuesday night.
RSL plays at San Jose Saturday night at 8:30 p.m. MDT
“It’s tough, especially when the results don’t go your way, but they ended on a high note like they always do, so they are going to be tough,” said Rimando, who's been through the same situation with Champions League and MLS play overlapping.
“It’s going to be in the back of their minds that they didn’t get the victory, but they're going to want to rebound in the next game and that’s against us.”
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